As 2017 winds down, I’ve been reflecting on all of the changes that have taken place in my life over the past 12 months. I created this blog, started my second year of college and my first year in my major, met friends and lost them, too. I’ve celebrated and struggled, lost my way and found it again, and, above all, learned a whole bunch about life. 2017 was a year full of lessons and here are 17 of the most important bits of wisdom it has taught me.
- It’s okay to ask for help.
- Real friendship is unconditional.
- You’ll make mistakes and that’s okay, you’re growing.
- You have to forgive yourself for those mistakes.
- Perfection may be desirable, but it’s impossible. Don’t drive yourself nuts trying to be something that’s unachievable.
- You’ll want to quit, but don’t you dare. It always feels most difficult right before you’re about to succeed.
- Make time for sleep. You can’t do much (or do much well) without it.
- Life won’t hand you anything. If you want it, go get it. If you can’t get it, work harder and try again.
- There are about a million different ways to eat spaghetti.
- Love yourself first. How can you give love to someone else if you can’t give it to yourself?
- It’s okay to create distance between yourself and whatever no longer serves you. If it’s holding you back, let it go.
- You’re your own biggest critic. You would never be as hard on someone else as you are on yourself. Let go a bit.
- College is four years of living with your best friends. It’s four years of living in the amazing, strange place between childhood and adulthood. Don’t wish it away.
- Your family are your friends. Your friends are your family.
- All of the stuff that you worry about, the stuff that keeps you up at night, rarely happens. Relax.
- You’re really bad at math and science.
- Everything you’re doing will be worth it, even if it’s hard to see in the moment.
To 2018: I’m welcoming you with open arms and I am so ready for whatever adventure you have in store.
The best is yet to come.